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Air Quality Conformity

Public Comment Period

DVRPC invites the public to review and comment on the "Draft Transportation Conformity Demonstration: FY 2014 New Jersey TIP, FY 2015 Pennsylvania TIP, and Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan". This conformity finding was developed in cooperation with DVRPC's planning partners and the Transportation Conformity Interagency Consultation Group. We have opened a public comment period (ending 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on July 18, 2014) to allow the public an opportunity to comment on the draft conformity finding.

One public information sessions will be held:

Thursday, June 26, 2014
4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
190 N Independence Mall West, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520

Public comments must be submitted in writing in order to be incorporated in the public record. DVRPC encourages the public to submit comments on the "DRAFT Transportation Conformity Demonstration: FY 2014 New Jersey TIP, FY2015 Pennsylvania TIP, and Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan" by email to tip-plan-comments@dvrpc.org; by faxing to (215) 592-9125; by mailing to DVRPC at the address at the bottom of this page, Attention TIP/Plan/Conformity Comments; by submitting a written copy of oral comments made at the Public Meeting, or by using the "Draft Conformity Comments" button below. If you are unable to submit comments by these standards, please contact DVRPC at (215) 238-2871 for assistance. After consideration of public comment, the DVRPC Board may adopt the conformity determination with any recommended changes at the July 24, 2014 Board meeting.

Responses to comments and questions that have been submitted in writing or electronically during the public comment period will be included in the final Conformity document. If you need assistance in providing a written comment, please contact the DVRPC Public Affairs Office at 215-238-2871 or public_affairs@dvrpc.org.

On July 25, 2013, the DVRPC Board adopted the "Transportation Conformity Determination: FY 2013 Pennsylvania TIP, FY 2014 New Jersey TIP and Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan". This is the current transportation conformity determination and replaces the previous determination adopted in June 2012.

The Federal Clean Air Act and the transportation planning provisions of Title 23 and Title 49 of the United States Code are intended to ensure that integrated transportation and air quality planning occurs in the areas that do not or previously have not met the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These areas, known as nonattainment or maintenance areas, require a process to demonstrate that transportation projects included in the region's long-range plan [Plan] or Transportation Improvement Program [TIP] are not going to impede a region's progress towards meeting or maintaining the federal air quality standards.

Transportation conformity is the federally mandated, analytical process, through which Metropolitan Planning Organizations [MPO] demonstrate that the transportation investments, strategies and programs, included in the Plan and TIPs are consistent with air quality goals established in State Air Quality Implementation Plans [SIP] for achieving the NAAQS. Conformity demonstrations show that emissions from projects in transportation plans do not exceed the SIP targets ("budgets") for emissions from mobile sources.

The nine-county DVRPC planning area is part of:

  • Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City Ozone Non-Attainment Area
  • Philadelphia-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE PM2.5 Non-Attainment Area
  • New York - Northern New Jersey - Long Island, NY-NJ-CT PM2.5 Non-Attainment Area
  • Three Carbon Monoxide(CO) Maintenance Areas.

Adopted Conformity Document

The DVRPC Board adopted the following document in July 2013. This is the CURRENT Transportation Conformity document for:

  • the FY 2014-2017 TIP for New Jersey,
  • the FY 2013-2016 TIP for Pennsylvania,
  • and the Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan.

"Transportation Conformity Determination: FY 2013 Pennsylvania TIP, FY 2014 New Jersey TIP, and Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan" [0.4 MB .pdf] and Full Executive Summary [0.3 MB .pdf]

For more information on transportation conformity, visit FHWA or EPA webpages.